The cheek and chicanery of Shahrizat Jalil


Much has been written about the mismanagement of National Feedlot Corporation that most of you have already heard the gory details.

But let’s bring some perspective into this issue. Let’s remember  how we first heard about this issue.

It was the Auditor General’s report, not Pakatan Rakyat politicians who first highlighted this issue, calling the project a mess. Read more here.

Remember that the PKR folks just followed the dirt trail after that. And you know where it led; to luxury condos and luxury cars and whatnot.

When addressing the Wanita Umno hordes earlier this week, its chief Shahrizat Jalil was vociferous in her anger against those she said were attacking Wanita Umno.

Mistake #1. Who’s attacking Wanita Umno? It is you Shahrizat, whose conduct is in question here. You and your family. You say you are innocent of what is going on in NFC because that is your husband’s business and not yours? You must think we are all cows, with cowdung for brains.

So all the sleeve-pulling, angry rhetorics and this whole wanking exercise that was Shahrizat’s speech did not address the fundamental issue; How come her family got the project in the first place?

Mistake #2. Noh Omar, Muhyiddin Yassin and Khairy Jamaluddin all rushed to her defence, but not one of them addressed the question above.

Mistake #3. The cops, almost immediately after MACC passed the baton to them(saying this was not a graft issue), stated that  preliminary investigations showed there was no element of Criminal Breach of Trust.

But who’s going to answer these fundamental questions?

1) Under what criteria did Shahrizat’s family get the contract?

2) Who approved it and when? Was it when Muhyiddin was Agriculture Minister?

3) Why the purchase of a luxury condo in Bangsar, and the luxury car?

4) The RM83 million soft loan…who signed off on it and what was it meant for?

5) From where did the money come (83 million)?

6) Seeing that it is some kind of government allocation, are they allowed to spend the money on purchases totally unrelated to the cow business?

7) Is it the policy of the BN government to allow Ministers’ families to benefit from national projects?

8) If the National Feedlot project is a national project, then why is it allegedly supplying meat to fancy restaurants owned by Shahrizat’s family?

Why aren’t they addressing these questions? Even within Umno there is already discord over this matter. That means even to them, this issue is indefensible.

Without addressing these questions, I daresay Shahrizat is a liability come GE13. Already a backdoor Minister, it is unlikely that she will win at any seat she contests in.

 

 

Consider Yourself Warned


“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F Kennedy.

The Malaysian PM says Egypt style power grab will not work here. Duh.

Of course not. How can we? I’m told that the FRU folks have become quite proficient with their tear-gassing and water canon exploits. Do we blame them? After all, for the past 4 years or so, those folks have been brought out by the dozens everytime there is the slightest hint of a protest.

The last major one was an irony in itself. Imagine this headline. WATER CANON WELCOME FOR PROTES AIR DEMONSTRATORS. Yeah that really happened, and while I could write various permutations of that headline (after all I do that for a living), it just ain’t very funny when you think about it.

The ex-PKR dude Ezam “Ihaveboxesofevidence” Md Nor also said its absurd to compare Egypt and Malaysia because of the wide income disparity.

FYI dude, there are similarities. Egyptians were  oppressed by the many years of near despotic rule by Mubarak. It’s just that the tipping points were different.

A lot of Malaysians are not hungry enough perhaps. Or perhaps we have collectively been cowed or shall I say “diperlembukan” by years of master-slave conditioning. Or maybe there was an epidemic of TIDAK APA-THY gripping the nation.

Notice that I said WAS. Yeah, past tense.

Someday, perhaps soon, the day will arrive. And when it does, the folks in power will find the present too, tense. They are working their way towards it steadily themselves. Here’s how it goes…

You remember the saying “Nine Meals from Anarchy”? Well basically the premise is, you miss three days’ meals and the situation is ripe for anarchy.

You could argue that Malaysia is not some dirt poor third world outpost. We have a much better economy than most of our third world cousins, we don’t go hungry, yada yada yada…

But this is a country where the middle class is beginning to be stifled by a rising cost of living, steadily increasing prices of essential goods and the imminent introduction of the GST.

You add that to a government that doesn’t seem to have words like accountability, responsibility and transparency in its vocabulary, and you have some of the basic ingredients for cauldron mass disenchantment.

I have not even begun to talk about the other incendiary spices like racism, supremacist overtures, bigotry, religious intolerance. These too exist under the bright facade of our 1Malaysia. Let’s not kid ourselves there.

Malaysians have already started to show their displeasure, first on the Net, then in the streets and more eloquently, in the ballot box on March 8, 2008. But a regime that has been in power for too long, thinks that power is its birthright and will have no qualms about making a mockery of the democratic process to hold on to power.

This too the public knows, just as it knows that the police are thugs, the military is just like the civil service, full of corrupt, thieving folks. The judiciary is emasculated, the Dewan Negara a stamping board, the Dewan Rakyat a tragicomedy, the leading media filled with cari makan sycophantic Datuks.

I hope the public will stand up and answer the PM’s insult of their collective intelligence at the ballot box when the time comes.

But then who knows, some folks might have lost heart seeing all the rampant cheating, gerrymandering, corruption and start thinking the only way out of this bleak mire of hopelessness is the French way. They still celebrate Bastille Day over there, I hear.

But I fear that Najib is right. Egypt style standoff will not work here. Simply cos most of you can’t see beyond your noses. Most of you are just willfully dumb, don’t-rock-the-boat, Stockholm-syndrome sufferers who love your oppressors.

Never mind if they rob, rape and beat you until you expire from that unique Malaysian “sudden death” syndrome.

*sigh*

Undilah Dacing…Hidup Malaysia.

One Morning in Bukit Aman


The story is simple. The story is not new. The only thing new is that some of the protagonists are new. Selvach Santhiran Krishnan is a witness in a death in custody case of R.Gunasegaran.

Gunasegaran died on the same day Teoh Beng Hock died last year, but because of the public outcry over Beng Hock’s suspicious death, Guna’s death was overlooked by everybody, except his sister.

Here she tells her story.

Earlier this week, the inquest into his death concluded in an open verdict, despite Selvach Santhiran’s testimony that he saw a policeman kick Gunasegaran in the lock up. Gunasegaran was later found dead.

His body was kept in horrid conditions and by the time a second autopsy was ordered, his remains were so decomposed that nothing conclusive could be derived.

But that story is not over. Selvach Santhiran, the witness, was allegedly beaten viciously in front of his family by a bunch of policemen before being taken away.

The public, outraged by this gross abuse of power by the police, turned up today at the police headquarters in Bukit Aman to demand his whereabouts and release. Here’s the story.

Below are the pictures of the morning gathering.

Today, after waiting awhile and being given the runaround, we were told that Selvach Santhiran was held under the Sec 39 B Dangerous Drugs Act (Special Preventive Measures).

human rights lawyer N. Surendran.

Selvach Santhiran’s wife, crying for her husband, while the police told us to disperse.

Lawyer Latheefa Koya demanded to know the cop in charge’s name and was told it is one ACP Kang or Khang.

Several MPs also turned up, including PAS’s Khalid Samad (Shah Alam), Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (Kuala Selangor) , PKR’s Sivarasa Rasiah (Subang) and Charles Santiago (Klang).

Film maker Fahmi Reza with his own placard.

A hundred odd people turned up in support of the memorandum to the police today. Thanks guys, for turning up. It was a multi coloured turnout, and that alone gives me hope that someday, we will be Malaysians first and turn up whenever a brother Malaysian is facing injustice.

Can racist rabble-rousing still work post March 8?


It just occured to me that two consecutive May 13s have taken place since the political map-changing Malaysian General elections of 2008.

Despite a record number of Parliament and State seats falling to the Opposition, there was a telling absence of widespread insecurity on the part of this country’s majority voters: the Malays.

Life was still the same in the streets. The makcik who sells nasi lemak in my predominantly Chinese neighbourhood still enjoys roaring business, her only troubles coming from the City Hall enforcement who wants to put an end to her illegal makeshift stall.

I have yet to lose any friends because of politics, Malay, Chinese, Dayak, Indian, Ceylonese, Kadazan or otherwise. The major disgruntlement was over how the establishment screwed the people over. But that was a complaint even I have.

You see readers, in the matters of civil rights, common interest, nation-building, economics and other sober goals, I ceased to see myself along the lines of ethnicity, if I ever did to begin with.

52 years after Independence, I guess Malaysians of different ethicities have ceased to be suspicious of each other on grounds of skin/race/religion. Except for the politicians and their likes.

Which is why it is baffling why a certain newspaper editorial still continues to fan the embers of racial sentiment.

Awang…oh Awang, you cannot be as dumb as to write this sort of drivel.

I take offence at the insinuation that my life here is at the behest of the kind people of Umno. I’m a child of this tanah air too. I was born here. I’d die rather than betray my country.

But if people don’t care for Umno, that should not be equated as anti-Malay. To say that is just plain stupid.

Why do people (Malays and non-Malays alike) hate Umno? You don’t have to be rocket scientists to know.

The excesses we have seen over the years just makes the bile rise. Again and again. The corruption, the crimes, the violation of trust, the abuse of power….I could go on.

It’s not that the Pakatan Rakyat is clean as a whistle. It’s just that the scale of excesses on the BN side of the fence is far more dirty, so dirty that anything looks white by comparison.

Look at this PKFZ scandal. RM10 billion ringgit! I can’t even fathom how much one billion ringgit looks like. And that much money is squandered through shady deals, inept governance, lackadaisical attitude to the taxpayers’ money and sheer negligence.

That’s what we are opposed to. The status quo is a horrible state of being, for this country, Awang! And this is what many Malaysians feel. I think I can quite safely assert that we have moved beyond seeing people along racial lines.

Zaid Ibrahim is a Malay too, last I checked. And yet he too finds it disturbing to read yesterday’s editorial.

Yes, I agree that thousands of the immigrants were granted citizenship in those early days after Independence. But post-1970 it was another story wasn’t it?

The system was such that the likes of Khir Toyo, whose father wasn’t a citizen here, could go as far as to become the MB of Selangor, but a friend of mine who has lived here since 1953, still can’t get his citizenship.

Why? With Indonesians, it is always “kita serumpun” isn’t it? You buta sejarah fellas actually forgot the Konfrontasi period? Remember Ganyang Malaysia?

And since you embraced the Indons and they started turning up here in droves to work and to settle down like Khir Toyo’s father, the numbers grew.

But today, you don’t treat them any better these days, do you?

In fact, Malaysia can be positively evil on immigrant workers and refugees. Yes, there are bad apples here and there but imagine without those immigrant workers, who would work your construction sites?

The poor blokes who died last week in Jaya Supermarket collapse are cases in point. Now they mati katak. I hope the government has the decency to send their bodies back to their homeland to be buried.

Another thing,  the part about kindness and generosity you guys at Utusan so readily associate with Malays certainly does not extend to the monsters that are in authority today. Monsters like those who tortured Kugan to death. Monsters like those who bombed Altantuya to pieces.

This government allowed for these heinous crimes to happen. This government screwed its own people by  allowing the folks in resource-rich state like Terengganu and Sabah to remain poor.

This is what we object to. Not Malays, not bumiputeras. Imagine guys, maybe RM10 billion could have built roads to Bario.

RM10 billion could have built several universities and funded hundreds of scholars, so our kids and sisters and brothers who aced their exams need not fight over university places or scholarships.

This is one of the real costs of corruption and of absolute power. And we all suffer in the end.

While the likes of Awang Selamat lament about the loss of status quo with such narrow, parochial views, the country is slowly sinking into the abyss. But of course Utusan doesn’t care. After all, it didn’t even bother running the story about the PKFZ fiasco.

Sorak la Awang. Jangan tak sorak. Kampung dah tergadai dah.

Malaysia calling Interpol!


Yes, the Malaysian Police is very efficient, and superbly networked, internationally.

Crime fighting in Malaysia is a serious business. Our crime-busting rate is wondrous, to say the least.

All those reports you read about police shooting dead robbery/drug trafficking suspects must be very comforting especially the following line, “with the shooting of these suspects the police said they have solved the case/crippled the ring.”

Our boys in blue must be commended for their exemplary conduct in maintaining law and order without fear or favour. Criminals must pay, even if it means branding them with hot metals and beating them to death in custody.

bentcoppic stolen from here

Criminals must pay, even if one of them is a loony. They deserve the shot to the forehead. Hell, some had worse fates, like being blown up with C4.

Oh, and if those riff raff chose to protest it by asking people to wear a black shirt to mourn the death of justice and democracy, pick them up and make them a guest of the friendly neighbourhood police lock up.

If their friends protest their arrest with a candlelight vigil, hell, arrest them, and their lawyers too.

If they choose to go on a hunger strike, screw it, haul them all off to the lock up and give them nasi lemak and KFC.

Dissent must NOT be tolerated. What would the foreigners say? What would the investors say? Tsk tsk.

And who the hell does this impertinent RPK think he is, digging up dirt and slandering of all people…the Prime Minister. Can’t he take care of his own family?

This is Malaysia. According to the Information bla bla bla Minister, all this show of dissent is not our culture. I wonder what is our culture? Jadi Pak Turut?

Now the “coward” RPK has run away and still delivering hurtful salvos from beyond our shores. Such a pain in the ass, this guy. How can one guy give so many people in authority a painful case of hernia at the same time?

rpkMob1900 punya gambaq

He needs to be found! Even if you have to cari dia sampai lubang cacing. Never mind if the lubang cacing is on the Gold Coast…way down under.

Interpol kan ada. Let’s activate the network. Bring him back. After all, we have an extradition treaty with Australia, don’t we?

Let’s hope the Aussies turn a blind eye to the contents of the treaty, especially this part…

ARTICLE 3

EXCEPTIONS TO EXTRADITION

1. Extradition shall not be granted in any of the following circumstances:

(b) if there are substantial grounds for believing that a request for extradition for an ordinary criminal offence has been made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing a person on account of that person’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political opinion or other status, or that that person’s position may be prejudiced for any of those reasons;

Small matter isn’t it? After all, our cops and the Attorney General who lost us Batu Putih are such experts in their jobs, aren’t they?

Good luck fellas, as you look for RPK. Don’t worry, we won’t bother you with the small details like multiple murders by junkies, missing and brutally murdered children. Ini cerita biasa..kan?

And while you cops are at it with the Interpol folks, can you get them to get that Hilmi fella to come back from Indonesia? His assistance is needed in the Elizabeth Wong picture distribution case.

And don’t forget Mr Double SD and Disappear Bala, who is apparently on extended holiday in India.

The Great Malaysian Cover-Up…


..is almost complete.

Look at this picture. (borrowed without permission from The Star)

siruok

The High Court today sentenced the two Special Ops cops from Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) to hang for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shariibuu,The Star reports.

Does it surprise you? No? Same here. But this is a case that has shaken the nation. Even as the two cops are sentenced, there are many burning questions that remain unanswered.

Firstly, motive.

Azilah who started his testimony on Jan 15 stated that he had no motive to kill or destroy the woman and instead he only met Altantuya to advise her politely not to harass Abdul Razak or create a ruckus outside the latter’s home.

Azilah also told the court that he was ordered by a superior, DSP Musa Safri to help Abdul Razak and thus he would not have done something stupid like killing and what more when he was a policeman.

While defending himself Sirul Azhar broke down a few times and related to the court that he has been made the ‘sacrificial lamb’ in the murder. – The Star.

So, the prosecution used both the guys testimony to tie a noose long enough to hang them both. But what was the motive? This is not serial killing.

Certainly not a crime of passion. Because Altantuya’s entry records and the two cops’ travel records would help to preclude that they even knew the victim. Entry records erased, you say? Oops…but that’s another story.

I reiterate, why is the most obvious question not answered? Motive?

You can narrow it down to two things.

1) Following a direct order from a superior.

2) Money.

Where is the money? I’ve said this again and again. These two convicted killers probably was approached for a reason, and the reason was not their typing skills, that’s for sure.

The chain that’s supposed to link Azilah/Sirul to Altantuya has another link. Without this link, the whole case is questionable. Yet, in Malaysia it happens. Kudos to Bolehland.

What about the private investigator Bala who made two Satutory Declarations that contradicted each other, and then disappeared? The judge didn’t think there was anything here?

Another thing, you guys think these two cops are really gonna hang for their crimes? I’m skeptical.Why?

1) In Malaysia we don’t have public hangings, so we can’t witness it happen.

2) Does anyone know how these fellas looked like? Since they were arrested until today, they have turned up with their faces covered.

How’s this story. They are properly sentenced and all today. They await the hangman. Justice is seen to be done. Then months down the line, they are spirited from the prison, given new IDs and packed to some foreign soil, with some money for their trouble.

Come hanging day, they will just announce that so and so were hanged for their crime. They bodies buried in such and such place. Whose bodies? Your guess is as good as mine.

Too much spy novels, you say. You forget that art imitates life actually.

After all, a Mongolian national being shot twice by cops and then blown up with C4, a military grade explosive does sound like a something straight out of a spy thriller, don’t you think?

So, pardon my 10 cent-conspiracy-theory. That’s what most cynical, jaded, lie-weary Malaysians are thinking these days.

And why not? This is a country where the custodians of law, public order, governance, justice and freedom can be summed up as “Harapkan Pagar, Pagar Makan Padi”.

Our cops are bent,  trigger happy murderers.

Our prosecutors are mostly evil puppets of the Attorney General, who in turn has been shown to be both inept and a puppet himself.

Our judges have mostly been castrated or they too are bent. The few who are principled, their days are numbered under One Malaysia, believe me.

Our media has been gagged too long that, their collective balls shrank and that fine thing called investigative reporting has died.

Our laws are meant to suppress the people.

And our only hope is through the ballot.

If we don’t change this, you and I have a good chance of becoming another Altantuya, Kugan, or the Kulim six.

PS. DSP Musa Safri….You can sleep easy tonight. And Razak Baginda, good luck at Oxford.

When Corruption is Endemic…


The Edge has been bringing us some really incisive, sizzling stories in the recent years, enough that I have no problem forking out RM5 per week to read some juicy findings.

This week’s lead story confirms what we know all this while. Here’s the dirt.

A recently completed audit on recipients of open APs (approved permits) revealed fraudulent transactions, forged documentation and ill-equipped entities supposedly importing cars. Apparently, 8 out of 10 recipients were found to have flouted the rules or undertaken fraudulent transactions with forged documents.

To curb the abuse, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), which oversees the allocation of open APs, had last month imposed new and more stringent conditions, as well as refined and introduced new guidelines on open AP allocation.

The audit, which was conducted recently by accounting firm Ernst and Young, MITI, Royal Malaysian Customs and the Road Transport Department, found that 70 out of the 89 open-AP recipients audited had breached the rules set by the government, failed to display proper financial accounts or did not have management teams to conduct their businesses.

Breaches include the forgery of documents for open AP application and cases of non-bumiputera owning shares or acting as financial controllers or signatories of cheques. The recipients also allegedly commissioned other companies to facilitate the sale of the imported vehicles using the open APs.

More dirt…

According to sources, the 70 entities which violated the rules have had their eligibility frozen. It is not known which are the entities that failed the audit. They have been given until March 31, 2009, to comply with the new conditions set for AP recipients.

Read the rest of the report here.

Another good rule gone bad. Something meant to elevate the Bumis, twisted into this sweetheart scheme for the Umnoputras and their cronies. Yes, I bravely say Umnoputeras cos, hey, tell me who else gained?

This has been going on for decades. Under the very eyes of Mz MITI Rafidah Aziz. Rafidah is no fool. But then she was a player, right down to her shoe-less leap to the podium when Dr M did that “I step down” tearful drama at an Umno general assembly not too long ago.

Much water and mud has flown under hat bridge since.

It looks like her successor Muhyiddin Yassin maybe doing something to clean up the rot. But then rather than kick them out or penalise these AP towkays,  (this kinda blatant flouting of the rules must be at least a breach of agreement), MITI has given them until March 31 to clean up their act.

What about a real will to act? To do something to clear the Augean stables of these fat cats? Berani ke?

That date March 31 itself tells something, doesn’t it?

March is supposed to be Abdullah’s exit month. March is also supposed to be Umno general assembly. Now, many of those AP holders, (I am not talking about the Franchise AP or the likes of Naza Kia, which has actually used the govt crutch to become first a luxury car importer and later into local assembly) are those who gained by selling something. I suppose.

Yes, galadriel insinuates something here. This Umno GM is critical. You piss off some powerbrokers (some may conveniently be some AP towkays) and you might find them unwilling to vote you in the race for deputy president. Mat Tyson is waiting in the wings.

So, it could be very convenient to promise them that nothing will happen, everything will be status quo, and let the crackdown begin after all this Umno elections business is done with.

Or dangle the carrot or stick. You promise those who pledge allegiance that they will be “taken care of”. Nice. Business as Usual. So this whole audit business may just be cosmetics that benefitted no one except the auditors Ernst & Young, who get paid.

I am asking you readers if you know how many of these APs are held by Umno Division leaders or people connected to them. The nexus revolves around this behemoth.

This is the real reason why Malay businesses fail. Because more often than not, it is the wrong fellas who get the opportunities. They either fail or they Ali Baba their permits.

I’m sure most, if not all of Pekema members are somebodies in Umno. Umno membership has to be the biggest doorway to the trough.

If we are to progress as a nation, such leeches should be eliminated. In fact if Umno and BN wants to remain relevant, patronage and money politics must go. But I sound like a broken record already. But wait, how many people actually still think Umno works?

Can I ask further, how many Terengganu folks got Open APs btw? Think about it.

Happy Weekend folks and oh, read this bit. The writer asks if we are really surprised?

No we are not. I just fear that we are becoming more desensitised each day since March 8 last year.

DNA Bill: Why Malaysians Should Be Alarmed


The DNA Identification Bill 2008 has been a contentious one since it was introduced in Parliament on August 17. Lots of Malaysians would not have remarked much on it since everyone’s attention was focused on the Permatang Pauh by-election.

It was passed in principle barely 11 days later, after the second reading, on Aug 28, 2008. The Opposition MPs in Parliament even staged a walkout to protest the move.

Why?

A DNA Databank is good, don’t you think? I think so too. However, this is an area covering liberty and freedom. And in Malaysia, more often than not these days, your freedom depends on whether the Police and the Home Minister think you are a threat or not.

Not whether you have been convicted of a crime.

At a time when the public confidence in the Police and the Home Ministry is at an all time low, provisions in the DNA Bill is worded to give them carte blanche.

This is the gist of the arguments against the passing of this Bill by the Opposition. Also, the manner in which it was rushed in Parliament (cutting queue) over the Universities and Colleges Bill also raises concern, especially since Anwar Ibrahim’s trial was due to start on September 12.

You may think the manoeuvres are just political, for a political end. But consider this, whatever law passed by Parliament will have repercussions in the future well beyond what you and I can fathom at this moment. Hence the worry.

Let’s examine some of the clauses, provisions and other stuff.

Function of DNA Databank

5. The function of the DNA Databank is to store DNA profiles and any information in relation thereto from any forensic DNA analysis carried out by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia or Forensic Laboratory of the Royal Malaysia Police, or any agency or body as may be designated by the Minister from time to time by order published in the Gazette.

Power of Minister to designate agency or body to carry out forensic DNA analysis

6. (1) The power of the Minister to designate any agency or body to carry out forensic DNA analysis under section 5 shall only be exercised in the event the Chemistry Department of Malaysia or Forensic Laboratory of the Royal
Malaysia Police is unable to carry out any forensic DNA analysis.

(2) The Minister may, in the order referred to in section 5, specify that the forensic DNA analysis to be carried out by the agency or body so designated shall only be for the purposes mentioned in subsection 4(2) subject to such terms and conditions as he may impose.

Wow! Home Minister is really directing things here.

Appointment of Head of DNA Databank, Deputy Head and other officers

7. (1) The Minister shall appoint a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police as Head of the Forensic DNA Databank Malaysia for such period and on such terms and conditions as may be specified in the instrument of appointment.

The Head has to be a POLICE OFFICER! And wait, it gets better and better.

Sec 13 (7) A police officer may use all means necessary for the purpose of taking or assisting the taking of a non-intimate sample from a person.

ALL means necessary. You figure out the permutations of that implication. To make it more vivid, imagine yourself accused of a crime.

Sec 15 talks about the administration of samples given voluntarily. But it is somewhat schizophrenic when you consider that in Sec 14 there is this clause.

Refusal to give sample

14. If a person from whom a non-intimate sample is to be taken under this Act

(a) refuses to give such sample;

(b) refuses to allow such sample to be taken from him; or

(c) obstructs the taking of such sample from him,

commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding ten thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both.

I’m sure most of you English-literate readers have heard of of the term Catch 22. This section encapsulates that Joseph Heller-coined phrase. You’re screwed, whatever you do.

Information from the DNA Databank to be conclusive

24. Notwithstanding any written law to the contrary, any information from the DNA Databank shall be admissible as a conclusive proof of the DNA identification in any proceedings in any court.

Now this gets really scary. What this section is telling you is that if your DNA is found at a scene, it places u there. Suppose you cry on some guy’s shoulder and he later on goes somewhere and gets killed, you are a suspect, based on the DNA from your tearstains.

And how can this be conclusive? DNA evidence around the world are meant to be corroborative and has to work with other evidence, circumstantial or otherwise, in determining guilt or innocence of the accused. DNA fingerprinting itself is not foolproof, as numerous instances how.

Check out this news.

Remember that the earlier sections authorised a police officer to employ “all means of getting your DNA”. Now tell me, shouldn’t you worry?

Protection against actions and legal proceedings

25. No action, suit, prosecution or other proceedings shall lie or be brought,

instituted or maintained in any court against―

(a) the Minister;

(b) the Head of DNA Databank;

(c) the Deputy Head of DNA Databank;

(d) DNA Databank officers;

(e) a government medical officer; or

(f) a chemist,

in respect of any act, neglect, default or omission done by him in good faith in carrying out his powers, functions and responsibilities under this Act in such capacity.

So, say you are innocent and yet was made to suffer as a suspect, you can’t even seek redress in a court of law. So tell me, under the full might of the government, you are worth nothing. So you’re innocent of the crime? Oops, too bad.

Savings and transitional

27. Any existing DNA profile and any information in relation thereto kept and maintained by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia or Royal Malaysia Police, immediately before the coming into operation of this Act shall, on the coming into operation of this Act, be deemed to have been kept and maintained in and to form part of the DNA Databank established under this Act in accordance with
indices applying.

That just means this law is retroactive. That means all those who had been examined and had their samples taken before by the police, will come under this rule.

Even when you watch CSI you would see a lot of instances of evidence deemed inadmissible in court because improper procedure and not following the safeguards that the law put in place so that the innocent is not persecuted and procsecuted.

This Bill, in its current form, has not taken into account all the safeguards necessary. We do need a DNA Bill. It has to be looked at and debated and thoroughly examined so that it does not compromise that one important thing. JUSTICE.

To that end, I implore you readers to reject this bill in its current form. Let’s get the AG’s chambers to work harder for a comprehensively researched work that will stand the test to time. After the way they botched the Batu Putih case, I am sorry my confidence in them is nonexistent.

To record your disagreement with the bill, go here.

I am no lawyer, but this bill already looks dodgy to me. Do you wonder why the Penguins are up in arms?

This Bill gives too much powers to the police at a time when they stand accused of brutality and heavy handedness with the public. They are behaving like thugs and you wanna put this time bomb in their hands?

The Great Betrayal


This past week has been too overwhelming, both on the personal and professional fronts, for me to contribute something on the heady stew that is Malaysian politics these days.

But I have been reading the news and the blogs, and I’ve been thinking, furiously. It came to me last night how we Malaysians have been royally screwed every which way, for decades now.

Frankly, we are sore.

That however, does not compare to my sinking realisation of the plan tacitly endorsed and assiduously pursued by the Barisan Nasional government to keep the Non-Malays (notice that I didn’t say non-bumis) firmly as second class citizens.

You see, I like to see the good in people. As it turns out, my rather romantic ideal is exploding in my face every day.

Recent events have shown that nothing, absolutely nothing, is sacrosanct in Malaysian politics…and by extension, governance.

This fact must be something that a lot of people in MCA, MIC and Gerakan have realised by now. I would have liked to have seen Ong Ka Ting’s face when he read of Abdullah’s statement regarding overtures to PAS after Mar 8.

UMNO can, did, and still tries to get into bed with PAS, then simply to keep the many states from falling into the so-called unclean hands of the “impure” PKR and the “Chinese supremacist” DAP, but now to keep its hold on power.

Muzakarah? Hah Hah! PAS’ Hadi Awang either had a frontal lobotomy recently or is more of a scheming Malay than an “upstanding Muslim politician” (is that an oxymoron?).

Can’t he see that the PAS brand of politics CANNOT see light of day when they get in bed with UMNO? UMNO is an alpha male of Malaysian politics, with all the undesirable attributes of that type.

Hadi must have been around when they flirted with each other a few decades ago. Still haven’t learnt your lesson, Pak Haji, or has the promise of money and power blinded you? So much so that you can go behind the back of Tok Guru, who commands the love and respect of the not only the young PAS cadre, but also most people in the country.

For BN’s many non-Malay partners, Abdullah’s statement must have seemed like a roundhouse punch. They must still be concussed and seeing stars over this.

To Ong Ka Ting, Koh Tsu Koon and Samy (if he’s not too busy with “rebranding” MIC) and the other leaders of the many BN coalition partners in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, I’d like to ask this.

Why don’t you guys get out of that bed of convenience you shared with UMNO. It has clearly been shown to all of you, and 49.6% of non-Malays in Malaysia (est statistics from CIA World Factbook) that to UMNO, what is paramount is its own brand of Ketuanan Melayu.

Not a coalition governance of compromise and respect. Naa, those are pipe dreams that I’m sure no one in his right mind believes anymore.

There are so many desperate measures undertaken here within UMNO and BN that whatever little fracas in Pakatan Rakyat seem to pale in comparison.

So what is BN’s non Malay partners rationale in still staying within it?

Comfort zone? Can’t be too comfy anymore.

Utterly without shame? That is a pre-requisite for a Malaysian politician.

Money for the top echelon if they toe the line? Could be, but that wouldn’t go down too well with the cadre.

Just too stupid? May be this is it. Years of mind-numbing subservience to the UMNO powerbrokers must have resulted in steady seeping-out of the grey matter for these folks.

And while all these manoeuvrings are happening, the country’s economy, which has been largely on autopilot with periodic (and somewhat spasmodic) jerks of control from those running the country, is now nose-diving towards the doldrums.

When the plane crashes, believe me guys, these fellas will already have nice little stashes in Switzerland or for the more adventurous, Bermuda, the Caymans and other off-shore banks. Millions in cash can nicely soothe their conscience, when they see Malaysia reduced to ashes, if they had a conscience in the first place.

I gotta go. I need a stiff drink.

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